Alaska Anchorage buries Beavers early
Saturday, November 18, 2006
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Wells Fargo Sports Complex) -- In The Wizard of Oz Dorothy said 'there's no place like home' and right now the Bemidji State University men's basketball team couldn't agree with her more.

Playing its third game in four days sandwiched around 3,500 miles of travel, the Beavers ran into a hot University of Alaska Anchorage team which used an 88-42 win to improve to 4-0 on the season.

The Beavers traveled only nine players and played with an even shorter bench Saturday due to the illness of Marques Ramos (Jr., F/G, Henderson, Nev.) while both Arron Evans (Jr., PG, Minneapolis, Minn.) and Andre Bell (Jr., PG, Chicago, Ill.) played sparingly due to injuries.

Evans an Jermon Marsh (So., G, Savanna, Ga.) each scored seven to lead the Beavers offensive efforts while Sergej Baskow (Fr., F, Ludwigsburg, Germany) and Ramos both pulled down a team-best five rebounds.

Alaska Anchorage was led by Eric Draper who netted 23 points. Carl Arts, who was 9-of-11 from the floor, added 20 while hauling in 11 rebounds for the game's only double-double.

After Baskow got the Beavers on the board with a put back during their first possession of the game the teams traded baskets for the next three minutes.

The Seawolves would would extend their lead to five points (11-6) at the 16:25 mark and although the Beavers would twice cut the UAA lead to a basket, Alaska Anchorage clamped down its full-court press and squeezed out a 16-0 run during the next six minutes to put the Beavers in a hole from which they couldn't dig themselves out.

Through 13 minutes of play, Alaska Anchorage was 12-of-16 from the floor (.750) and it didn't look back finishing the contest shooting better than 54-percent (30-55).

The Beavers were 15-for-43 (.349) in the game and struggled from the line converting just 9-of-19 free-throws (.474).

For the second straight game, UAA won the battle of the boards collecting 36 rebounds to BSU's 25.

The Seawolves now own a 2-0 record in the all-time series with BSU as the teams met for the first time ever on Friday.

The Beavers (0-3) return to the BSU Gymnasium Tuesday to lift the lid in the home portion of their 2006-07 schedule versus University of Wisconsin-Stout. The opening tip is slated for 7 p.m.